Interparus gives ten simple tips for a more comfortable life on board! If you have long wanted to move to a yacht and did not know where to start, these tips are for you.
Save and keep track of money
Don't be a cheapskate, but don't waste your money either. Cut your expenses. A bunch of subscriptions to services like Netflix and Amazon “eat up” not a large, but a decent part of your funds. Moreover, if you are going to radically change your life and move to a yacht to live, then it makes sense to think about selling some of the things from home.
Remember that groceries, marina stays, boat maintenance, supplies all cost money too. For convenience, get yourself a table where you compare income and expenses. So you better track your budget and be more free financially.
Yes, this is also a very important point. If your debts make up a large part of your budget, then think about the advisability of moving to a yacht or buying one. Perhaps it makes sense to close all debt obligations and, with a clear conscience, begin to fulfill the dream of yachting? In extreme cases, you can always go to travel on a charter flight.
If you do not have any bondage debts, then it would be a good idea not to sell your house or apartment, but to rent it out. So you get a source of passive income that will make your life easier.
Draw precise time frames
This is more of a purely psychological advice. You can talk, think and imagine how you will buy a yacht or move to it to live indefinitely. Choose a specific date by which you will be sure of the seriousness of your intentions.
So, tell yourself that you will board your (or rented) yacht in 9 months from now. Of course, 9 months is a very conditional period, everyone chooses it for himself. The main thing is that you set a goal for yourself and methodically go towards it. Better slowly but surely than fast and jerky. Emotional swings have not brought anyone to good.
What about the main job?
If you have a permanent job, and most of them are, you need to decide what you will do next. Perhaps your job involves the possibility of completely remote work? Or is there a part-time option? Resolve these issues before moving to a yacht.
If you cannot stay at work, and the craving for the sea is too great, then your savings will come in handy. But then again, the best option would be to go remote.
Well, if you are healthy and full of energy. Alas, the elements may have other plans. Taking out medical insurance will show that you are not only worried about your health, but also calculate all possible risks. And this is the quality of a real skipper.
In general, it makes sense to take out conventional insurance. Protecting the yacht and your life has never been something shameful. After all, it's better to be prepared than have a headache later.
Omnia mea mecum porto (I carry everything with me)
After you have collected all the most necessary things and sold the unnecessary, the question arises. And what to take with you? The answer is simple to the point of banality - the most necessary. On the Internet, books, magazines and even on our website there are lists of the most necessary things on a yacht.
If you have things that are technically impossible to take with you on a yacht, you will have to take care of their safety. Grandma's service, grandfather's chest of drawers - all this can be very important things. Rent some small room where you would not worry about the safety of these things. Or (if you still rent out your apartment), leave the care of them to your tenants.
Get to know your yacht
It is very important to know all the details of your yacht before embarking on a long journey. Know how your systems work. Watch how the boat behaves in heavy weather. Know what sounds your boat is making so you can recognize anomalies when you hear them.
Have spare parts available, such as an additional water pump or spare hoses. You will inevitably need these things, and sometimes you won't be close to land or have access to a store to buy them.
Be sure that at some point your life on board will turn into a search for something new. Almost all yachtsmen come to the conclusion that it would be nice to customize the boat for themselves, to make it unique. Someone gets by with something simple, while someone begins to change the wiring and install solar panels. After all, a yachtsman may simply want to make the yacht more comfortable for himself.
Keep in mind that such enhancements must be precise and precise. Do not be lazy and take the time to study the materiel. Weigh all the pros and cons, upgrade the yacht only if it is really appropriate. Think over the stages of improvement in advance and choose the time for this.
Experience is the head
There is nothing new under the sun. You will always find a wise old man on a boat, twice his age, who can give you good advice. What was a unique experience for you may be a milestone for someone else. Do not hesitate to ask and be interested in senior comrades.
Hundreds of sailors go on such adventures every year. There are many different yachting groups on Facebook. There people are ready to answer questions and help if necessary. It is unlikely that you will find a yachtsman who will tell a beginner: “You will never do this” or “You will not succeed”. Will come out. Just to get started, you need to gain experience.
Choose your partner wisely
Your swim buddy can be your spouse, family member or friend. Whoever he is, make sure you get along. Also make sure you both work together effectively. There is nothing worse than being stuck on a yacht with someone you don't agree with or get along with.
Physically, mentally and emotionally, we need to be on the same wavelength. You need to know when to compromise and when to admit you're wrong. In the same vein, be open to new ideas or changes in plans. Our plans change almost every day due to weather, currents, tides and tides. Be flexible and take care of each other. This will make the journey and experience much more worthwhile.
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